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Body of Forum columnist’s son found in plane wreckage in Greenland

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Paul Eriksmoen, 34, of Shelton, Wash., is the son of Forum columnist Curtis Eriksmoen. Paul was flying alone from Iceland to Greenland on Thursday and reported that he was having engine trouble before the plane crashed. Photo special to The Forum.

FARGO – The wreckage of a single-engine plane piloted by the son of Forum columnist Curtis Eriksmoen has been found in Greenland after a weeklong search, according to a news outlet there.

The remains of the plane and its pilot, Paul Eriksmoen, were located Wednesday on the island of Kulusuk, on Greenland’s eastern coast, near the airport where he was expected to land Sept. 11, the Arctic Journal reported, citing Greenland officials.

Paul Eriksmoen, 34, of Shelton, Wash., was flying alone from Iceland to Greenland and reported that the plane was having engine trouble before the crash, said his father, who writes a weekly column about North Dakota history.

The search for the plane was hampered by inclement weather, and it was a transport helicopter flying a regular route that discovered the wreckage, officials said.

Curtis Eriksmoen said his son contracted with aircraft manufacturers to deliver planes to customers. In this case, he was flying a small plane to from Keflavik, Iceland, to Kulusuk, the father said.

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Paul Eriksmoen, who was married without children, was born in Bismarck and grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. His mother is Terry Wheeler, formerly Irving, who represented Grand Forks in the North Dakota Legislature in
the 1970s.

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